Anatomy of a High-Potential

Note:  The updated article is at Anatomy of a High-Potential. Dr. Jay Conger has a must see presentation on The Anatomy of a High-Potential: The Anatomy of a High-Potential I’m always on the hunt for insights and actions that help people get the edge in work and life.   This is one of those gems.  What…


Daniel Cook on 8 Laws of Productivity

Note: This article is updated at Daniel Cook on 8 Laws of Productivity. Daniel Cook has a great PDF on the 8 Laws of Productivity.  The subtitle is “8 Productivity Experiments You Don’t Need to Repeat.” It’s the synthesis of Dan’s learnings and research over the years on how to create more productive teams. Right…


Agile Results on a Page

Note: This article is updated at Agile Results on a Page. Agile Results is a simple system for getting meaningful results. It’s a systematic way to achieve both short- and long-term results.  It works for all aspects of your life, from work to fun. The key to achieving results in our ever-changing world is learning…


To Do Doing Done

Note – This article is updated at To Do, Doing, Done. To Do, Doing, Done is my favorite way to segment a Kanban.   It’s where I start.  It’s simple and intuitive.   Another benefit is that it’s easy to glance at three segments.  I’m a fan of “glance and go” vs. “stop and stare.” In the…


10 Free Leadership Tools for Work and Life

Note: This article is updated at 10 Free Leadership Tools for Work and Life. As one of my wise mentors always said, “If it’s free, it’s for me.” (Tom, are you out there?)  Here is a quick list of free leadership tools you can use today, right now, to change your game.  These tools are…


Agile Results: It Works for Teams and Leaders Too

Note: This article is updated at Agile Results for Teams and Leaders. “No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”  — H.E. Luccock A colleague of mine that’s been using Agile Results as an individual contributor asked me about how to apply Agile Results to a team as a…


Ability to Execute

Note: This article is updated at Ability to Execute. If you’re familiar with Gartner’s Magic Quadrants, you’ll recognize Ability to Execute.  “Ability to Execute” is a powerful concept.   Here is a quick mental model to picture Ability to Execute: Ability to Execute is a quick way to help prioritize ideas worth acting on.   After all,…


10 Things Great Managers Do

Note: This article is updated at 10 Things Great Managers Do. What do great managers do?   To put it simply, they bring out your best.   Whether it’s fire you up or get on your path or help you overcome your personal challenges, they help you flourish. Aside from all the managers I’ve had before Microsoft,…


5 Questions for Capability and Capacity of High-Performing Teams

Note: This article is updated at 5 Questions for Capability and Capacity of High-Performing Teams. These are five questions I find help understand where a team is at in terms of their ability to achieve their goals effectively: We have capability do we have capacity? We have capacity do we have capability? We have capacity…


Lessons Learned in Execution

Note: This article is updated at Project Execution Lessons Learned. I’ve been thinking about execution and the lessons learned.   I’ve summarized some insights and reminders. I’ve been lucky enough to grow up with patterns & practices over the last 10 years, so I’ve been able to see what works, what doesn’t, and the difference that…